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  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • IN HOT WATER: South Owen Fire Department

    After allegedly missing fire runs for months and falsifying reports to the state fire commission, the South Owen Fire Department may be no more.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the trouble with the department began approximately a year ago.
    “They just quit answering fire runs,” Keith said. “When that began, the Owen County (Volunteer Fire) Department began responding to that area, along with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department for backup.”

  • Mobile home fire claims lives of two children

    Two children, a 2 year old and a 4 year old, died in a mobile home fire at 900 Gaines Village Dr., lot 7, this morning.
    According to Owenton Assistant Fire Chief/Public Information Officer Jude Canchola, the department was dispatched to the scene at 9:44 a.m. and was on scene at 9:47 a.m.
    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke from the mobile home, with 50 percent involvement.
    At that time, Owen County Emergency Medical Services reported that two children were trapped inside the front area of the structure.

  • St. Elizabeth looks to expand operations in Owen County

    When St. Elizabeth Healthcare signed a lease with the United States Department of Agriculture for the old New Horzions Hospital space, they were committing to Owen County’s healthcare. Almost one-third of the way through the 18-month lease, St. Elizabeth is now looking to build.

    “We are currently in the process of trying to locate a new location in Owenton,” said John Mitchell, vice president of operations for St. Elizabeth at Covington, Grant and Owen.

  • Malcomb tours China as part of trip for high school students

    For students, a trip outside of the county is an excursion but for 15-year-old Noah Malcolmb, he took the word excursion to a new meaning as he left for a 16-hour flight to Shanghai, China.

    Malcomb, a sophomore at Owen County High School, was one of 24 high school students that traveled to the country as part of an 14-day trip in June organized by the University of Kentucky’s Confuscius Institute. Owen County High School teacher Doris Beverly actually told Malcomb about the trip he could apply for, he said.

  • Police searching for missing teen

    A 15-year-old Owenton girl is missing after she left her East Adair Street residence July 11.

    Courtney Marie Sutherland left home around 5:30 p.m., according to Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn.

    “She was going to the courthouse to use the internet,” Alcorn said.

    But Sutherland did not return home later that night. It was discovered after she didn’t return that she took extra clothes with her before leaving.

    It is believed she might possibly be in the Frankfort area, according to Alcorn.

  • ANOTHER SHOT

    A wet-dry petition that had been making the rounds in Owen County since earlier this year was officially filed at the county clerk’s office Thursday, July 14.

    The petition required signatures from 25 percent of voters in the last election. A total of 656 signatures were certified by Monday morning and a local option election is slated for Sept. 20.

  • For Duvall, farming has been a near lifelong adventure

    In the late 1940s, a young boy from Wheatley would cash in the contents of his piggy bank to purchase two sheep. He wasn’t quite old enough to begin grade school, but already Billy Duvall had recognized his passion.

    “I never wanted to do anything else,” Duvall said of farming. “By the time I got out of high school I already had several different crops, equipment and livestock.”

  • Chisholm crowned Miss Owen

    Nineteen contestants had entered Saturday’s Miss Owen County Fair Pageant. The runner ups were announced and then it was down to two contestants. Master of Ceremonies Billy O’Banion paused before announcing the first runner-up, when shouts of “Go ‘Queen V!’” came from the quiet crowd.

    The shout signaled support for hometown girl Veronica Chisholm, who would walk away with the sash and crown. Chisholm was only one of two Owen County residents competing in the pageant.

  • Robertson, Johnson vie for PVA’s office

    Last week, Owen County’s Democratic and Republican parties selected their nominees for the property valuation administrator position, which is on the ballot in this year’s general election in November.

    The Owen County Republican Committee selected Blake Robertson, who is currently serving in the county property valuation administrator role. Robertson was appointed June 10 by Gov. Matt Bevin after the death of James “Jimmy” Coyle in April.